my teenager has no respect for me

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Destiny - posted on 06/19/2013

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I personally believe that all respect starts with YOU. Make sure that you are displaying respect of yourself, from yourself, by yourself, before you expect him/her to. You have to show your teenager that it is you who made it possible for them to even be present on this planet, live, eat, drink, and thrive everyday. Boundaries are very important and assuring them that not everyone (if anyone) will put up with their foolishness the way that you do and the only direction their life will be headed in is the gutter, truthfully, if they continue to disrespect you. It might sound harsh but tuff love and common understanding of a middle ground can make a huge difference in any relationship. You must also learn to not be passive in the guidelines and values you want to set in place for your teenager. Non compliance with those guidelines should automatically result in punishment or some sort of grounding, if not taking something away, to restrictions of some of their freedom, staying home for an amount of time...allowing them to have some time for reflection. Make sure that you explain why this is punishment is happening and exactly how it won't happen again. ETC. The list goes on but the respect should START and the disrespect should STOP with YOU Cassie. Your the boss. PERIOD

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